Applicant’s Portal
Morgan Sherritt
Pharm.D. Candidate 2015
Establish expectations concerning the
process of residency recruitment
Understand functionalities of PhORCAS to
assist you with submitting residency
Understand how PhORCAS and The Match
will interact
Identify pointers to help you effectively
navigate the application portal in PhORCAS
ASHP’s Role in Residency Training
Midyear Clinical Meeting
 Residency Showcase
 Personnel Placement Service (PPS)
 Education sessions concerning the
residency recruitment process, use
of PhORCAS, and what to expect
 The Match
Streamline the residency recruitment process
wherever possible to benefit:
Residency applicants
Residency programs
Reference writers
PhORCAS is the result of a partnership
between ASHP and Liaison International
The ‘Common App’ or ‘PharmCAS’ for
residency applications
Opens November 3, 2014
Rank lists are due March 6th, 2015
Match Day is March 20st, 2015
Application Portal
- Application
- Upload personal statement / CV
- Official transcripts
- Site specific supplemental
Program Portal
- Receive application documents
- Receives references & transcripts
- Close / open application window
- Queries / review process
Reference Portal
- Standardized
References Portal
- Characteristics
- 3 References
& Questions
ASHP Residency Directory
Special application
requirements listed here
2014 Statistics
5,788 complete applicants
55,001 applications submitted
Each applicant applied to an average of 9.5
programs and ranked an average of 4
programs in PhORCAS
Median was 8 applications per applicant
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2014 Statistics
> 12,282 individual reference writers
104,927 references submitted
1,762 programs (1,145 PGY1, 617 PGY2)
3,654 available positions for 2014 (2,862
PGY1, 792 PGY2)
Includes 176 programs that early
committed 260 positions for PGY2
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National Matching Service
$ 130 Flat Fee
PhORCAS (up to 4 applications)
$ 100
Each additional application
$ 35
Ex: Morgan wants to apply to 9 residency programs
 Morgan will pay $130 to NMS
 Morgan will pay $275 to PhORCAS ($100 + $35x5)
Comparing the Numbers
(considering 9 applications)
Old process
Mailing / Express Mail
$70 / $211
Thank you cards
$330 / $471
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Application Materials
 Address, phone, email,
citizenship, GPA, etc.
Verified transcripts
 One original set sent to
PhORCAS with transcript
request form
 Only pharmacy transcripts
Application Materials (cont.)
Personal statement / letter
of intent
 Can be customized to each program
 Identify if special questions need to
be answered
 Create separate personal
statements for each program you
apply to
 Save each document with a unique
identifiable name for easy uploading
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Application Materials (cont.)
3 References
 Notify each reference writer in a timely manner
 You will NOT be able to see the actual reference
Request for reference writers
 They will be asked to answer questions using a scale and to
elaborate on a couple of questions in space provided
 Notify your reference writer about any special and/or
additional program specific requirements
 Leave it up to the reference writer if they want to
individualize the reference
 Follow up appropriately and provide the deadline date
 Don’t forget to thank them!
Application Materials (cont.)
Extracurricular and professional activities
 Allows programs to search through candidates
 Complete this section even if it is on your CV
Supplemental section
 Optional uploads are determined by program’s specific
application process
 Place all supplemental material for each program in a
single PDF file and upload
Maximum of 5MB file size
 PhORCAS can handle all PDF uploads except for
dynamic PDFs or password protected ones
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
 Can be customized for each program
Application Materials (cont.)
National Matching Service (NMS) code
 Must register for NMS before submitting applications in
 Automatically sent to you from NMS when you register and
kept in your PhORCAS application
Application Materials (cont.)
Application deadline
 Unique to each program
 All materials must be to program by that date
 Take care of what you can control early
 No new application will go through after 11:59PM EST on
application deadline
 PhORCAS will allow transcripts and reference to go through
late as long as the application is in by the deadline
Programs may or may not honor these late deliveries
 Can be controlled by program
Can open and close window
Post-Match Process
PhORCAS is live and is used for the postmatch process
One week moratorium prior to offers
 Enables all parties time to adequately explore
 3/20/15  Match Day
 3/23/15 Applicants can apply to programs
 3/30/15 Programs can make offers
 5/31/15  PhORCAS closes
Tips & Tricks
Trouble logging in?
 Make sure you are using the 2015 ‘applicant’ portal
 There are other portals for reference writers and
programs to log in from
Do not create more than one account
 Contact PhORCAS Customer Service if you are having
Avoid special fonts and symbols when
uploading documents
 Stick with Times New Roman or Arial
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Tips & Tricks (cont.)
Unaccredited residency programs and
fellowship programs are not in PhORCAS
Reference writers use the standard PhORCAS
form to submit their support
 No document uploading required
Foreign graduates
 New Visa choices
 Must be pre-approved
 Need proof of either RPh license or FPGEC from the NABP
Tips & Tricks (cont.)
Do not wait until the night of the deadline
to e-submit your application
 If you have trouble uploading last minute, you may
miss the program’s deadline
 Consider getting applications in early to allow sites to
review your application in more detail
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 (617) 612-2868 (9am-5pm EST, M-F)
Midyear Clinical Meeting Student PhORCAS
Information Session Sunday, December 7
from 1:00-3:00PM
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